I did a presentation on a climbing Club in Belgium recently. After the lecture, a person talked to me about reading the book the Way of the Warrior of rock and as reading didn’t help.
He said that what works for him is to tell yourself not to be afraid. He summarized your process of mental training, saying: “I’m not sure if this is the best method, but it works for me.“.
We all have to find a mental training method that works for us, but to say “work“ I mean that the method must train the mind. The training of the mind should point to the growing attention and consciousness of your limiting tendencies.
Otherwise it’s not mental training; is being a victim of the mind. What “worked“ for the person in question was not mental training; It was a tactic that your mind created to circumvent any need to perform a mental training.
Develop consciousness reveals the erroneous concepts, our motivation and the distractions of our attention. The development of consciousness need to help us find our way through the chaotic maze of the mind.
If we have no conscience when entering in this process we will be lost in the mental motivation that seek comfort and create mental tricks rather than making a mental training.
The motivation behind the approach of “works for me“ is that the ultimate goal (objective) justifies the means. The goal justifies doing whatever it takes to fulfill it. We measure “what works” based on being or not making progress to reach our goals.
At some point, however, to progress. We’ve reached a plateau that we can’t overcome. We reached that plateau because “what works“ doesn’t work anymore.
This approach “what works“ in seal creates immediate improvement. We are looking through the lens of what worked in the past. Get through the plateaus requires us to do something different. In other words, we need to change something, specifically something that already worked in the past.
Take for example the Act of climbing slowly. Climb slowly is what works for us. We are able to climb in a controlled manner and reduce the possibility of falling.
Slow climb, however, uses a lot of energy, we’ve reached a plateau when our strategy to climb slowly, with our amount of physical strength, is equal to the difficulty level of the plateau.
An effective mental training should address the media, pointing to the learning process. When you reach a plateau, we seek the mind what she must learn. We manage possible misconceptions, our motivation and the distractions of our attention.
We administer the conception that climbing slowly gives us control. We analyze our motivation to see if we are more interested in having immediate or progress in learning. We analyze if resisting fall distracts our attention from the task of climbing.
We look at the mind of a form to modify what we have done in the past instead of validates it. We have reviewed all this while performing an action and have the experience of seeing how climb unlike as we climbed in the past.
Practice climbing more quickly to see what effect that in our climbing and our feeling of being in control. Practice falls to see what effect this would have on our climbing and our ability to keep our attention focused on the task of climbing.
What typically occurs when we do things differently is that our performance gets worse. If our performance plateau was climbing 8 degree, so our performance can drop to 7.
This happens because we are destroying the old base of climbing slowly and resist falls, and building a new one to climb faster and practice. Develop proficiency with the new skills takes time and lots of practice before taking us beyond our 8 degree plateau.
It is important to understand that, although we are interested in improving our performance across the plateau, what we really need to do is learn. We are not interested in “what works“ now; We are interested in making us aware of the mental tendencies that limit us.
This is not a tactic developed by the mind, but rather a process of becoming more aware of limiting tendencies of the mind and learn to go beyond them. This is a mental training that actually trains the mind.
Practice tip: do something different
You develop climbing standards that give you more comfort. These patterns can help you improve, but eventually you will limit. You reach a plateau. You need to do something different to get through this plateau.
Most climbers learn to climb by pushing with one leg instead of two. This works for a while, but uses a lot of energy. You need to do something different. Learn to push with both legs. Sequencie your climbing this way: move two hands, two feet.
Most climbers scale also too slow. This works for a while, but also uses a lot of energy. Learn to climb faster. Doing this will allow you to climb some difficult parts faster and conserve your energy.